My GF arrived from Korea on the 19th of July, and and she she this ad for room to rent and needed a place to move into fast. So we went to see this room for rent in Canberra. The landlord is really old Caucasian man, properly in his 90s. Basically, he doesn't want any bond or any contract on that day. He said that my GF can live for a few days to see if she likes it. All he want is $25 deposit for the keys. So we got the $25 that day and we tried to pay one weeks rent + $25. But he refused to take the rent and only the $25 and gave her the key.
Since that day until today, he still haven't asked her for any rent payment and I have been sleeping at her place pretty much everyday as well.
So she talked to her friends at uni, all her Korean/Asian friends say that it is weird, I am kinda uncomfortable out as well. But her Australian friends say this is normal as many older Australia just want company.
We have not mentioned about the rent either, because it is not in our best financial interest to remind him of our rent obligation.
So is normal? I don't want her to have a surprise in the future where the landlord demand all the rent at once.